Patents Examined by Cris L. Rodriguez
  • Patent number: 10722329
    Abstract: The present disclosure provides intraoral devices for repositioning the relationship between upper and lower dental arches, particular those in a Class III relation. The devices are attached to appliances on molar teeth of each arch and can be reactivated without removal or replacement of substantial components of the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2020
    Assignee: 3M Innovative Properties Company
    Inventor: James D. Cleary
  • Patent number: 10716651
    Abstract: An oral care device for providing oral-cavity information to a user or a manager includes: a liquid supply unit; a mouthpiece connected to the liquid supply unit and including a spatial portion configured to accommodate at least one of an upper tooth side and a lower tooth side when the mouthpiece is inserted into an oral cavity; a pump connected to the mouthpiece and configured to suction liquid from the liquid supply unit and introduce the liquid into the spatial portion and to suction fluid from the spatial portion; a storage unit connected to the pump and configured to store or discharge fluid suctioned from the spatial portion; and a measuring unit connected to the storage unit and configured to measure a state of fluid stored in the storage unit, wherein liquid is introduced to the spatial portion from the liquid supply unit only by suction force of the pump.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: DR. PIK CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Ki-Bong Hyun
  • Patent number: 10716646
    Abstract: An orthodontic appliance is disclosed and which cooperates with both the upper and lower dental arches of a patient and which includes an archwire coupler which is attached to individual archwires that are releasably attached to the anterior facing surface of a patient's teeth requiring orthodontic treatment; and a multiple section elongated telescoping assembly which is rotatably and releasably coupled to the archwires attached to the upper and lower dental arches of a patient undergoing treatment, and wherein the multiple section elongated telescoping assembly effects movement of the upper dental arch in a rearward direction, and the lower dental arch in a forward direction when the multiple section elongated telescoping assembly is in a given position along a predetermined course of travel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Inventors: Terry G. Dischinger, William M. Dischinger, Steven O. Luse
  • Patent number: 10716650
    Abstract: A dental floss holder includes a connecting section and at least four floss supporting arms extending from said connecting section. Each of the floss supporting arms has a first end and a second end. The first end is connected to the connecting section, and the second end includes a floss fastening portion for fastening a string of dental floss. The floss fastening portions of the at least four floss supporting arms are configured such that a string of dental floss attached to the floss fastening portions of the at least four floss supporting arms may be arranged to constitute the edges of a polyhedron.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 21, 2020
    Assignee: STAR FLOSS AS
    Inventor: Kevin Hermansen
  • Patent number: 10709526
    Abstract: The present invention provides a dental implant including: a fixture and an abutment including a coupling leg, and the fixture and the abutment are elastically coupled with each other, the dental implant including: a fixture axial hole inner inclined surface in which an inner diameter of an axial hole is gradually and downwardly reduced from a predetermined position of an inner inclined surface of the fixture; a first coupling part formed with a coupling hole at a predetermined position of the fixture; and a first associated coupling part formed with a coupling protrusion complementarily coupled with the first coupling part, wherein when the first associated coupling part is separated from the first coupling part by rotating the abutment, the coupling protrusion upwardly pushes the abutment from the fixture by elastic repulsion with the axial hole inner inclined surface of the fixture, thus the abutment becomes separated from the fixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2018
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2020
    Assignee: DENFLEX CO., LTD
    Inventor: Hyung Woo Kim
  • Patent number: 10702356
    Abstract: A masticatory orthodontic correction device adapted to use occlusal loads generated during mastication as a correction force to achieve orthodontic correction, includes at least one correction unit with a rigid body. The correction unit is worn on a maxillary or mandibular dental arch of a patient during mastication, and the shape of the correction unit is maintained without deformation when accommodating teeth. At least one first recess is formed in the correction unit and has a shape which allows a first tooth of the maxillary or mandibular dental arch in malposition to move to the envisioned finish position. At least one buffering member is formed in the first recess configured to transmit and buffer the occlusal loads generated during mastication-between the first recess and the first tooth, wherein when the correction unit is worn during mastication, the buffering member deforms and contacts the first tooth over an area.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 7, 2020
    Inventor: Cheng-Hsiang Hung
  • Patent number: 10695148
    Abstract: Described is a vibrating device for delivering energy to at least a portion of a dental appliance. The vibrating device may be inserted into a biting element or attached to a biting element to apply vibrations to the dental appliance to aid in aligning a user's teeth.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 15, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Assignee: SMILE LAB, INC
    Inventors: Michael J. Florman, David Florman
  • Patent number: 10695144
    Abstract: A set of three-dimensional markers enables accurate transfer of scanned dental information from an intra-oral scanner to a virtual articulator, for axis transposition in axiography and for accurate determination of individual values, such as Bennett and condylar guidance angles. The set of three-dimensional markers includes a first marker, which is aligned with a buccal face of an upper incisor, and a second marker, which is positioned outside buccal surfaces of the teeth. The first marker consists of three elements which fit together in a number of different combinations to form a single piece. For edentulous patients, a third marker and a spacer element are provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 30, 2020
    Inventor: Luís António Dos Santos Redinha
  • Patent number: 10667889
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device which is inserted into the mouth so as to isolate the dental part or area of the mouth to be treated, allowing improved vision, preventing the cheek and the tongue from impinging on the working area, and protecting the tissues of the patient from the dental instruments. Furthermore, the sucking capacity of the device prevents the saliva or any other fluid generated during the treatment from affecting both vision and the performance of a correct technique for carrying out the dental treatment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2020
    Assignee: DentalTOR, Inc.
    Inventor: Ignacio Rippes Silva
  • Patent number: 10653399
    Abstract: Medical or dental instruments, preferably handpieces, can have different temperature-measuring devices for measuring the temperature in the instrument or of at least a part of the instrument. The temperature-measuring devices can be designed, for example, to measure the temperature contactlessly by detection of electromagnetic radiation or to measure the temperature of an interior of the instrument that can be heated by a heat source. The temperature-measuring devices may be designed, for example, as electrical temperature-measuring devices or may have a magnetic material whose magnetic property is a function of temperature and/or has a temperature-dependent course. The temperature-measuring device may have, for example, an electrical switching device and a signal device wherein the signal device is switched at least between a first signal condition and a second signal condition when a temperature limit value is reached or exceeded or is underrun.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: W&H Dentalwerk Bürmoos GmbH
    Inventors: Christian Pruckner, Karlheinz Eder, Johann Grosslhuber
  • Patent number: 10638824
    Abstract: A cosmetics carry system include a carrier that has an elongate body with openings at the opposite ends of the elongated body. At each end there are retaining features to non-permanently retain a small container of product in each end of the carrier. The containers can include a cap having an applicator that extends into the container. The retaining features are designed to allow the user to change the containers carried in the carrier so that the user can, for example, match color for lip gloss and nail polish. The carrier is a permanent member that can have decorative artwork on the outside, while the containers that are carried in the carrier can be disposable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 5, 2020
    Inventors: Lawrence Perl, Harriet Hoffman
  • Patent number: 10595973
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for scanning an edentulous patent who has a denture, where an impression material arranged at the gum-facing surfaces of the dentures is shaped by the patient's gums and both the teeth side and the gum-facing surface of the denture is scanned and the obtained digital 3D representations are used to determine the relative arrangement of the patient's edentulous jaws in a bite determined by the dentures.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 24, 2020
    Assignee: 3Shape A/S
    Inventors: Rune Fisker, Birk Plönnigs
  • Patent number: 10548692
    Abstract: A dental abutment assembly that comprises a dental abutment having a tubular passage with an internal abutment thread at a lower end of the tubular passage, a dental implant fixture having an upper socket with an internal implant fixture thread, and a screw shaft having an upper external thread with an upper external helix twisted in a first direction and a lower external thread having a lower external helix twisted in a second direction, the upper external thread and the lower external thread are located at opposite ends of a connecting shaft. The first direction and the second direction are opposite to one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: T.A.G. Medical Devices—Agriculture Cooperative Ltd.
    Inventor: Daniel Baruc
  • Patent number: 10548693
    Abstract: Disclosed is a drill for implant surgery drill for implant surgery. The drill includes a drill connecting part having a drill top portion formed at one side of the top portion thereof, a drill fixing groove formed on the lower portion of the drill top portion, and a drill connecting body formed on the lower portion of the drill fixing groove; and a drilling part disposed on the underside of the drill connecting part and having a cylindrical shape in such a manner as to be small in diameter toward the lower portion thereof and to have a space portion formed at the inside thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Inventor: Je-Won Wang
  • Patent number: 10548819
    Abstract: The invention features a composition which can or is to be used in a dental retraction, the composition comprising liquid a liquid and a layer type 1:1 silicate mineral and a layer type 2:1 silicate mineral in a ratio from about 50/50 to 5/95 wt.-% with respect to each other. The invention also relates to a container containing the dental retraction composition and to a kit comprising parts A and B, wherein part A comprises the dental retraction composition and part B comprises at least one accessory selected from the group of applier, dental impression material, retraction cap(s), a container for storing and dispensing the composition and combinations thereof. The invention further features a process of dispensing a dental retraction composition, the process comprising the steps: providing a dental retraction composition contained in a container, placing the container in an applier, and using the applier for dispensing the dental retraction composition out of the container.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: 3M INNOVATIVE PROPERTIES COMPANY
    Inventors: Andreas R. Maurer, Christoph Schulte, Rüdiger Hampe, Johannes M. Leykauff, Helmut Pauser
  • Patent number: 10543063
    Abstract: A dental prosthesis arrangement includes a lower part assigned to a jaw implant and an upper part assigned to a superstructure. The lower part engages in the upper part along a central axis. The lower part is supported against the upper part at several contact faces. The lower part and the upper part are connected releasably to each other via a securing device which provides a retaining force against axial withdrawal of the upper part from the lower part. A first radially inwardly directed structure is provided on the lower part and a second radially outwardly directed structure is provided on the upper part for receiving a holding element that provides the retaining force. A fastener passing through the upper part and connected to the lower part can alternatively fix the upper part to the lower part.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 16, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 28, 2020
    Assignee: bredent GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventor: Peter Brehm
  • Patent number: 10524879
    Abstract: Apparatus, system, and methods for utilizing one or more computing devices to stage the movement of teeth during an alignment treatment are disclosed. The computing device receives an electronic representation of the patient's teeth in their initial position and an electronic representation of the teeth a final position for each tooth. A route each tooth will travel to reach its final position is determined, and the teeth are scheduled to move according to a movement pattern. Moreover, the schedule of movement takes into account a maximum rate of tooth movement for each tooth, the path of movement for each tooth, the distance each tooth needs to move, any needed tooth staggering, any needed round-tripping or tooth movement slowing. The invention also includes techniques for determining an optimum number of stages for the treatment based on the schedule of movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 7, 2020
    Assignee: ALIGN TECHNOLOGY, INC.
    Inventors: Ian Kitching, Alexander Dmitriev, Alexey Vishnevskiy
  • Patent number: 10517695
    Abstract: A computer based method is used to design a healing cap of an implant. The method is based on a 3D computer plan of the implant that includes digital representations of positions of implants in the mouth of the patient. The method comprises loading 3D implant plan into a computer and combining the 3D implant plan with information about a prosthetic setup. The method determines a marginal edge of a healing cap of an implant based on a 3D representation of the existing patient anatomy, the 3D implant plan and the prosthetic set-up. The healing cap is then manufactured to the custom design.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2011
    Date of Patent: December 31, 2019
    Assignee: DENTSPLY SIRONA Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Van Lierde, Tim Van Cleynenbreugel
  • Patent number: 10507084
    Abstract: A flexible dental prosthesis system including: a longitudinally elongated flexible screw having a first end suitable for being fitted by means of threading in a dental implant and a second open end that can be inwardly deformed having a threaded hole on its inside and a projecting flange on its outside; a transmucosal post with a through hole suitable for inserting the flexible screw; and an upper connection element having a hole at one of its ends suitable for being coupled on the second end of the flexible screw by means of an inner recess in said hole corresponding with the projecting flange on the outside of the second end of the flexible screw.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: CLINICA DENTAL COSTA CODINA, S.L.
    Inventor: Xavier Costa Codina
  • Patent number: 10507085
    Abstract: Structure enabling continuous angular adjustment for fixing a single dental device to an implant. The structure is formed from a ringwise tiltable threaded shank and a fixing unit for fixing the threaded shank to the implant. The fixing element is formed from an insertion piece and an intermediate piece. The lower end of threaded shank is placed between the end of the insertion piece and the upper end of the intermediate piece. A fixing nut is mounted on the threaded shank. The intermediate piece and the insertion piece are secured to each other by a joining element. The joining element is provided with lower corners and upper corners. A coupling body is installed on the joining element. A mould or the frame is fixed to the coupling body by the fixing nut.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 17, 2019
    Assignee: Elsner Global LLC
    Inventor: Edvin Elsner